Unleashing the Freedom of Information Act


Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4:00pm to 7:00pm


Ash Center, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Room 226


Ash Center Technology and Democracy Workshop Series

Join Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellows to develop your digital toolkit.

Space is limited! RSVP required at Eventbrite

This is a hands-on workshop; participants are expected to arrive ready to learn and practice a new skill. Equipment (a laptop, etc.) or prerequisite reading may be required.


Learn and apply tools, tips, and techniques to master FOIA requests in this workshop. From the request intake and tracking progress, to the request fulfillment, and finally the policy analysis of the requested information, students will gain practical knowledge used by members of the press and other “frequent FOIAers”. Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to participate in paper-prototyping sessions.

The Freedom of Information Act is a powerful tool for journalists and citizens to gain knowledge from the government.  Filing a request is just the first step, and there are a number of problems that limit its efficacy.


Led by Harlo Holmes, Director of Newsroom Digital Security, Freedom of the Press Foundation



About the Series

The Ash Center's Technology and Democracy Workshop Series are hands-on, cocurricular events designed to help HKS students develop real-world technology skills. Led by a network of technology practitioners, participants spend 3 hours working together and with the workshop leader to learn how to apply technical skills to impact real-word scenarios.

The series is co-sponsored by Tech PIC, a technology-focused student group at Harvard Kennedy School.